Wednesday, December 13, 2006

More Lead

Perhaps it's time to revisit and update a little note I wrote earlier this year:

To:  Everyone Who Sells Stuff For Kids
From:  Bill Childs, TortsProf Blog
Re:  Lead in Toys

Hi,

I know, you're busy coming up with new cheap shiny things for my daughter to say she needs as we wander the store.  But I've noticed a bit of a trend in the few short months I've subscribed to the CPSC's recall mailing list.

So I have some advice that might seem kinda obvious, but evidently it comes as a surprise.  It's pretty simple:

Stop selling stuff for kids with high levels of lead.  That includes:

Necklaces.

Lemonade jars.

Other necklaces.

That's just the recalls for today.  Earlier in December and in November, there's:

Children's furniture.

Mood necklaces.

Various "Kool Toyz" products (for both lead paint and laceration!) (While we're at it, let's ban both of those spellings, yes?)

Decorative snaps and clips.

So stop that.  Okay?  Thanks.

Hugs,
Bill

Related, sorta: High levels of lead found in Capitol gift shop (Consumerist):

Seven products, including bracelets, pendants and a souvenir spoon, were removed from the shelves of four gift shops in response to preliminary lead test results requested by Sen.Barack Obama, D-Ill., and Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif.

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